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Sunday, July 16, 2017

Newsletter - July 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-07
July 9, 2017
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A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.
(John 13:34,35)
 

SHALOM

3rd Installation of The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell series

The spiritual mission of business is not to establish a kingdom of wealth and power but to bring the kingdom of God into tangible reality. The kingdom of God can be most simply defined as God’s reign. So, the kingdom is the manifestation of God’s ideals, principles, values, and will. It can also be understood as a physical expression of a spiritual reality. Continue...

MINISTRY UPDATES
 
  • Jehovah Jireh! God Provides! God has sent a few key Kingdom Fellows to help share the burden to carry out the ministry. Ms. Kaye Min has joined SfK as the Regional Director for Resource Development (New York/New Jersey). God has also sent us Mr. Danile Ryumugabe as the Director of Transformation, Let us welcome these valuable assets to God's Kingdom and share the excitement of having them on board with SfK Ministries!  Visit www.sfkministries.org to learn more about our SfK's new Kingdom Fellows.  
    
  • SfK would also like to welcome Evangelene as an accounting professional to kick-start SfK's Shared Accounting Service. She is from originally from Singapore, but currently lives in Kigali, Rwanda. Praise be to the Lord! We are continually looking for additional accounting professionals to formalize the shared accounting services. 
  • IBA Leaders Forum (June 19-21) and IBA Conference (June 23,24) - Jeffrey participated in both events and delivered a presentation about how to help the socially disadvantaged people sustain themselves with innovative finance. During these events, the Lord led Jeffrey to meet several Kingdom minded people. We are excited to see what God has in store for these new relationships!
  • SfK's implementing member in Thailand, Skybay Thailand, has been registered with the Thai Government and its registration under the Thai American Amity Treaty is now in process. We are hopeful the process will be completed in mid-July.  Once completed, additional capabilities will be established for Skybay Thailand.
  • SfK has decided to hold two important Missional Business Academy (MBA) sessions in Chiang Mai and in Rwanda. For more details on the event, please see the "upcoming events" section below.

UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1. August 3, 2017:  SfK Korea's first board meetingPlease pray that this important meeting will help lay the foundation right for the next steps.
  2. August 20-24, 2017:  Freedom Business Forum is to take place in Chiang Mai, Thailand. This forum will focus on how to free people trapped in human trafficking through missional businesses carried out with the love of Jesus Christ. Jeffrey plans to attend this important event. Please pray that powerful relationships and alliances may develop from the forum to bring glory to God who created all human beings in His image.
  3. September 11-15, 2017:  K-BAM Gathering in Mt. Sorak, Korea. Previously called BAM Global Consultation, this gathering is for Korean BAMers and those who are strongly interested in BAM. Please pray that this gathering will help develop an effective network of Korean BAMers to multiply the Kingdom impact.  
  4. September 15-17, 2017:  BAM Conference in Dallas, Texas. BAM Global will hold this conference that attracts a growing number of people who are interested in BAM. If you are interested in attending this conference, please register through www.bamconference.com. Please pray that this conference will produce a significant impact on people who will attend. 
  5. September 14-16, 2017:  Transformational Business Network (TBN) of Asia Conference to be held in Jakarta, Indonesia. This conference pulls not only businesses that seek transformation but also investors who are willing to put impact capital in these businesses. Please pray that the conference will be fruitful. 
  6. September 18-27, 2017:  SfK MBA (Missional Business Academy) Chiang Mai 2017.  SfK Ministries plans to hold this training session regularly so that missional entrepreneurs may plan to attend in advance. This training session is open primarily for existing missional businesses, but may also accept those who have strong commitment to starting up a missional business. We plan to hold a Business Plan Contest along with this MBA. Please pray that the preparation will be made prayerfully and thoughtfully.
  7. October 30-November 10, 2017:  SfK MBA Kigali 2017 II.  This MBA is to equip trainers or committed missional entrepreneurs selected from hundreds of churches within the Kigali Diocese of Rwanda Anglican Church. Please pray that this MBA may raise up several effective trainers who will trickle down to other Rwandan entrepreneurs who will share the vision and mission designed for missional businesses.  
  8. Kingdom Fellows for Accounting Professionals and Resource Development - A few people have responded to this calling and we are deeply grateful for God's provision. We are continually looking for additional fellow Kingdom workers who will share their talents to carry out this noble task of nurturing and empowering missional businesses in Asia and Africa. Please let us know via info@sfklife.org if the Holy Spirit leads you to join our ministry. Please pray with us and for us so that this essential services may be fully functional to support missional businesses that produce significant transformation impact for His Kingdom and the people they serve.
 
Until our next update, may God bless you richly so that you may become a greater blessing to your neighbors!
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Friday, July 7, 2017

Shalom


Excerpt #3 from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell

The spiritual mission of business is not to establish a kingdom of wealth and power but to bring the kingdom of God into tangible reality. The kingdom of God can be most simply defined as God’s reign. So, the kingdom is the manifestation of God’s ideals, principles, values, and will. It can also be understood as a physical expression of a spiritual reality.             

The kingdom of God is not an esoteric, abstract concept; rather it is observable and concrete. When we see expressions of love, generosity, and grace these can be said to be a glimpse of the kingdom of God. This is not to say that everything about the kingdom of God is observable and physical. The kingdom of God refers to God’s reign over all things, both visible and invisible, both physical and spiritual, throughout all of creation. But it is, as Methodist missionary and theologian E. Stanley Jones pointed out, realism and not idealism.
            
Jesus came preaching the kingdom of God. It is His primary message as well as the message of Scripture. It is something real that has been happening for all eternity and since the beginning of time. Thus it has a historical quality. It is the unfolding story of God throughout creation. It is seen through the Old Testament, particularly in the concept of shalom, which is typically defined and translated as peace. However, it carries a stronger connotation than peace. It is more of a worldview where all things function in harmony.
            
Like shalom, the kingdom of God is a holistic paradigm, meaning that it covers every area of life. It is not simply about church activities or Sunday sermons, although these are definitely a part. It is focused on God’s redemptive plan of reconciling all things unto himself (Colossians 1:20).
            
God’s enemies oppose His kingdom. They are attempting to establish their own kingdoms and seek through antagonistic and antithetical practices to bring harm to the kingdom of God. Human Human uman beings choose which kingdom they will promote. Though they may not be aware of the importance of their choices, they are responsible for them.
            
The kingdom of God is one of grace, mercy, love, justice, righteousness, and judgment. Though these may seem like mutually contradictory aspects, they are not. God in His wisdom and sovereignty rightfully balances these aspects and the tension involved in human responsibility and the results of our moral choices.
            
Many Christians think of the kingdom of God purely in future terms. However, there is biblical warrant for understanding the kingdom of God as being manifested on earth in the current age, at least in part. Christ prayed for the kingdom to come and God’s will to be done on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10). Would it not be odd for Christ to pray for the kingdom to come if it were purely a heavenly reality? Failing to understand the present reality of the kingdom of God has caused many Christians to become withdrawn or inactive.
            
Business can be at the forefront of creating chaos or it can bring spiritual good into physical reality. The integration of economic and social systems transpiring in the world today is most commonly referred to by the term globalization. The reality of globalization means that we are more interdependent than ever before. Now, when we call a customer service line we are likely to be connected to someone in another country. But it is not just offshore call centers. It’s everything. Businesses of all types are integrated around the world. Supply chains spread across continents and wire transfers unite financial institutions just as fiber-optic cables across the ocean floor enable us to communicate broadly and quickly. 

            
Nearly every day I relate with people in several different countries. For the most part I use email, but I also frequently have video conference calls over the Internet. On some days I’ll communicate directly with people in more than ten different countries. Most of it I’ll do through the Internet, without any fees charged to me. We are living in interesting days, indeed.
            
As the world is becoming increasingly integrated, we are becoming more aware and knowledgeable of various illnesses, injustices, problems, and suffering around the world. The population in developing countries is growing exponentially. Sadly, suffering instead of success is accompanying this increase. Every day, almost 2,000 babies are infected with HIV, either during pregnancy, at birth, or through breastfeeding.1 A sixth of the world’s countries receive two-thirds of the world’s income. For every $1 created through exports, $0.03 goes to low-income countries.2 More than 2.8 billion people live on less than $2 a day, and 1.2 billion people live on $1 or less.3
            
Business can be a means of bringing justice to the poor and disenfranchised around the world. Or it can be a way to exploit them and/or the natural resources of their land. Jesus called us to love our neighbor (Matthew 22:37–39). In our new global reality, our neighbor can be rightfully understood as numerous people groups scattered around the globe.
            
This love for God and neighbor needs to be the foundational principle on which the missional entrepreneur stands. Christ said this love for God and neighbor was of utmost importance (Matthew 22:37–39). Paul said that love was the greatest attribute (1 Corinthians 13:13). John wrote, “Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God…If anyone says, ‘I love God,’ yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen” (1 John 4:7, 20). We must emphasize the importance of love in all that we do, including business.
            
Business as mission reflects a desire for the kingdom of God to be manifested in a substantive way in the present age. When business fulfills its spiritual mission it can contribute significantly to creating economic shalom for many of the world’s peoples.

            
Missional entrepreneurs can have an important and vital role in an age of economic globalization. They can serve as practical extensions of the church to relieve people’s sufferings, and they can demonstrate physically the love of God by loving their neighbor. In doing this they can extend the kingdom of God, God’s reign on earth, and spread the shalom of God around the world.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Newsletter - June 2017

SfK Newsletter Vol. 2017-06
June 7, 2017
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And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else.
(Acts 17:25)



 
 

Muslim village transformed through prayer, Christian business people and owls 
The following article is an excerpt from the personal blog of Mats Tunehag with permission.


It was warm and humid. One may say almost too hot for a Swede. But the story that emerged was more than cool.
I listened to the mayor of a small Muslim village. We sat outside his house, drank tea and nibbled on fruit, nuts and sweets. He was enthusiastic and composed. As a devout Muslim he had come to appreciate Christian business people in a way that surprised him. There is a long and sometimes violent history of severe distrust and tension between Muslims and Christians in Indonesia.
The village used to be quite poor. Rats ate 40 percent of the crops every year. These creatures also spread disease. Collaboration for irrigation was non-existent. There was a lack of entrepreneurial spirit and seemingly no-one thought about praying for a difference.

To read more, CLICK HERE.
Mats Tunehag is speaker, writer and consultant from Sweden and has worked in about half the countries of the world. For the last 20 years he has had a special focus on developing the Business as Mission, BAM. In 2002 he initiated and co-led the first global think tank on BAM, which produced the Lausanne Paper on BAM as well as the BAM Manifesto (2004).  In 2011 he and Mrs Jo Plummer developed another much bigger global think tank on Business as Mission with over 30 national, regional and international working groups. Tunehag is a senior leader on Business as Mission in both the Lausanne Movement and World Evangelical Alliance, and he lectures globally on Business as Mission. 


The following article is the second in the series of excerpts from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell.
Partnering with the Creator
Excerpt from The Missional Entrepreneur by Mark Russell
 
 One of the most notable things about the Genesis creation account, seen in all of Scripture actually, is that God desires to work through humans to carry out His mission in the world. Consider the creation of human beings. God created Adam and Eve in two distinct ways: Adam from dirt and Eve from Adam’s rib. He was undoubtedly capable of creating more human beings in innumerable ways. However, instead of making human beings ad nauseum by Himself, He invited Adam, Eve, and their descendants to do so with Him. His first command was to “be fruitful and increase in number” (Genesis 1:28).

To continue reading, CLICK HERE.
 


MINISTRY UPDATES
  • Lausanne Movement and BAM Global Think Tank published the Wealth Creation Manifesto in May. Please CLICK HERE to review it. 
  • SfK Board Meeting was held in Los Angeles on May 13, 2017. All board members were present from six different time zones. The board held a productive discussion and made important decisions, including approval of Vision 2020 and our 4-year strategic plan.  
  • World Mission University BAM Class - Jeffrey together with three guest speakers (Tom Phillips, Mark Russell, Brian Chun) led a class titled "Principles and Practices of BAM" at World Mission University in Los Angeles from May 8 - 19, 2017. A total 10 undergraduate and graduate students participated in the class.  Participants have given great feedback with many saying their perspective on business has fundamentally changed. Praise the Lord! 
  • SfK Ministries has two important investments currently underway.

UPCOMING EVENTS & PRAYER REQUESTS
  1. IBA Leaders Forum (June 19-21) and IBA Conference BAM Prism (June 23,24) - IBA is a representative platform for BAM in Korea, playing an active role in mobilizing and training Korean BAM practitioners. Jeffrey will be a keynote speaker on Innovative Finance to Help the Socially Disadvantaged at both events.  Please pray that the gatherings will inspire and motivate many people. 
  2. SfK Korea will hold its first board meeting on August 3Please pray that this board meeting will lay the necessary foundation for future ministries. 
  3. Transformational Business Network (TBN) of Asia will hold its annual conference in Jakarta, Indonesia during September 14-16, 2017. SfK Ministries will be participating in reviewing business plan proposals from impact entrepreneurs. Please pray that all participants will experience God's presence and witness His power. Also pray that important contacts will develop for SfK Ministries to establish presence in Indonesia, a predominantly Islamic nation.  
  4. BAM Conference in Dallas in September 15-17, 2017. - BAM Global will hold its annual conference this year in Dallas. This insightful conference will challenge you to reconsider the role a business can play and how you can help redeem business as mission. To learn more about the conference and register, please go to: http://bamconference.com/.  Please pray that more people of God will respond positively to the call for business as mission.
  5. SfK MBA (Missional Business Academy) Chiang Mai 2017 - SfK Ministries will hold its missional business academy in Chiang Mai, Thailand during September 18-27, 2017. This intensive practical training about BAM will equip participants to better understand what BAM is and to prepare and present actual missional business plans. SfK Ministries plans to hold this MBA annually in Chiang Mai. This year's training will be conducted in Korean. A Business Plan Contest will also be implemented. Please send your inquiry to info@sfklife.org to learn more about this training. Please pray that this first event of the planned annual training program in Chiang Mai will be well prepared and produce a significant impact in all participants.   
  6. SfK MBA Kigali 2 will take place in Kigali, Rwanda from October 28-November 10, 2017This MBA will be held for missional business entrepreneurs from Kigali Diocese of Rwanda Anglican Church. The training will be conducted in English, but the trained participants should be able to train the next generation participants in Kinyarwanda. Please pray the preparations are thoroughly adequate to train a significant number of trainers to lead and equip Rwandan business people in Kinyarwanda.  
  7. Seeking Kingdom Fellows - SfK Ministries continue seeking Kingdom Fellows who have been blessed with knowledge and skills in accounting, who may lead our efforts in establishing Shared Accounting ServicesPlease pray that the Lord will send someone in His time.
  8. We also continue seeking Kingdom Fellows to help us with Resource Development in the following regions: Los Angeles, Dallas, Denver, Atlanta and Memphis/Birmingham. God has sent Kaye Min to SfK Ministries who will cover New York and New Jersey Regions. Praise the Lord! Please keep praying for other regions also to be covered. 
 
Until our next update, may you be abundantly blessed by God and become a greater blessing to your neighbors!
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Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Wealth Creation Manifesto

Wealth Creation Manifesto

The Bible talks about wealth in three ways; one is bad and two are good. Hoarding of wealth is condemned. Sharing of wealth is encouraged. Wealth creation is both a godly gift and command, and there is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created. But all too often the issue of wealth creation is misunderstood, neglected, or even rejected. The same thing applies to wealth creators.
The Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation aimed at addressing that. During the Consultation process 2016 – 2017 we discussed various aspects of wealth creation, including justice, poverty, Biblical foundation, wealth creators, stewardship of creation and the role of the church. The findings will be published in several papers and a book, as well as an educational video.
The Manifesto enclosed below conveys the essentials of our deliberations before and during the Consultation. (Click here for pdf file Wealth Creation Manifesto)
After the Manifesto below there is a short introduction to three other global consultations that also have dealt with issues related to wealth creation. There are excerpts from their respective Manifesto, Declaration and Statement, as well as links.

Wealth Creation Manifesto

Background
The Lausanne Movement and BAM Global organized a Global Consultation on The Role of Wealth Creation for Holistic Transformation, in Chiang Mai, Thailand, in March 2017. About 30 people from 20 nations participated, primarily from the business world, and also from church, missions and academia. The findings will be published in several papers and a book, as well as an educational video. This Manifesto conveys the essentials of our deliberations before and during the Consultation.
Affirmations
  1. Wealth creation is rooted in God the Creator, who created a world that flourishes with abundance and diversity.
  2. We are created in God’s image, to co-create with Him and for Him, to create products and services for the common good.
  3. Wealth creation is a holy calling, and a God-given gift, which is commended in the Bible.
  4. Wealth creators should be affirmed by the Church, and equipped and deployed to serve in the marketplace among all peoples and nations.
  5. Wealth hoarding is wrong, and wealth sharing should be encouraged, but there is no wealth to be shared unless it has been created.
  6. There is a universal call to generosity, and contentment is a virtue, but material simplicity is a personal choice, and involuntary poverty should be alleviated.
  7. The purpose of wealth creation through business goes beyond giving generously, although that is to be commended; good business has intrinsic value as a means of material provision and can be an agent of positive transformation in society.
  8. Business has a special capacity to create financial wealth, but also has the potential to create different kinds of wealth for many stakeholders, including social, intellectual, physical and spiritual wealth.
  9. Wealth creation through business has proven power to lift people and nations out of poverty.
  10. Wealth creation must always be pursued with justice and a concern for the poor, and should be sensitive to each unique cultural context.
  11. Creation care is not optional. Stewardship of creation and business solutions to environmental challenges should be an integral part of wealth creation through business.
Appeal
We present these affirmations to the Church worldwide, and especially to leaders in business, church, government, and academia.
  • We call the church to embrace wealth creation as central to our mission of holistic transformation of peoples and societies.
  • We call for fresh, ongoing efforts to equip and launch wealth creators to that very end.
  • We call wealth creators to perseverance, diligently using their God-given gifts to serve God and people.
Ad maiorem Dei gloriam – For the greater glory of God